I have eaten at Obento from time to time for years and years whenever I had business in the area and appreciated its low-rent feel. It's menu was not particularly exciting, but I was always satisfied with my meals, which usually consisted of some form of udon.
Today, I was back on the UWS with an hour to kill and was about to grab a slice the the Two Boots on Bway near 95th when I thought, "why not go to Obento, since I have the time for a real meal?"
Well, it seems that they are "under new management" and the menu has been somewhat revamped. On one hand, there are now lunch specials (not a good sign, in my opinion). On the other, is seems that what was strictly a Japanese menu now has a section of "Indo-Chinese"dishes (my memory on this; the takeout menu I took with me doesn't list any of this). A number of the selections are denoted as Hakka, which caught my attention and I ordered the Hakka Chile Chicken (name from memory, again), which was quite tasty, with lots of coriander, in addition to the chile based brown sauce with hints of curry (at least to my palate).
I would encourage hounds to give this place a try. The waitress and someone who appeared to be the person in charge both were very interested in what I thought of the dish and made it clear that they were eager to please. I can't say that I tried enough of the menu to pretend that I can revue the place, but I would definitely say that I was more than pleased with my experience, both food-wise and service-wise. Prices are reasonable enough that I can't see any reason not to test the waters.
210 W 94th St, New York, NY 10025
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